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Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Creation/Evolution Debate: The Fossil Record is more compatible with the model of Creation than the model of Evolution
International Atheist Alliance Conference, March 30th, 2002
Harvey Hotel, DFW, Irving, Texas
Debate between Dr. Don Patton (scientist, Christian) and John Blanton, (atheist, evolutionist, humanist, Bible skeptic)
Propositions for Debate: The fossil record is more compatible with the model of creation than the model of evolution.
Affirm: Dr. Don Patton The fossil record is more compatible with the model of evolution than the model of creation.
Affirm: Mr. John Blanton
Mr. John Blanton is originally from Tolar, Texas. He grew up in Grenbury and attended U. Texas, Austin after a brief stint on active duty with the US Navy Reserves. He has a BS in Engineering Science from U. Texas, Austin and MS degrees in Math/Computer Science and Physics from U. Texas, Dallas. He lives in Dallas and works as a research scientist for Alcatel in Piano. Mr. Blanton is currently Secretary of the North Texas Skeptics. He is also a member of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advance of Science. (Mr. Blanton was unable to stay with the propositions of the debate and resorted to derogatory words as concerning the Bible. This is typical of most evolutionists)
Dr. Patton has a broad educational background; four years at Florida College, Temple Terrace, FL (Bible); two years at Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN (Geology); two years at Indiana Univ./Purdue Univ., Indianapolis, IN (Geology); two years, Pacific School of Graduate Studies. He has worked as Geologist in US, Canada, Australia, England, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Cambodia, Israel, and Jordan.
Review of Debate:
Dr. Patton affirmed that the facts of geology are more compatible with creation than evolution. His presentation was as scientific as it was precise, John Blanton (affirming the opposite) rambled irrelevantly off topic by discussing the Bible, while Patton only discussed science. The few times John Blanton did in fact discuss science in his lectures, he was so ill informed that even one of his fellow- atheist/evolutionist colleagues admitted to Dr. Patton privately, that Patton won the debate hands down.
John Blanton falsely accused Patton of misquoting most of his scientific references. (This statement by one of John Blanton's colleges, (who remained an evolutionist after the debate, but admitted Don Patton won the debate, is another excellent example of the "hostile witness" approach.) Patton clearly refuted the ridiculous charge of misquoting, by first pointing out that Blanton was so ill prepared to debate Patton, that he didn't even understand the concept of the "hostile witness". When Patton challenged Blanton for a single example of misquoting the original sources, Blanton, typical of his style, merely restated the charge while offering no proof in an effort to create slur and slander against Patton. Blanton lives by the rule, "If you say something false enough times, people will begin to believe it." We find this as dishonest as it is unprofessional.
Blanton also stated that Patton has no formal training in geology and accused Patton of having a fake degree. When he was later directed to our page that details Dr. Patton's credentials, he called Patton a lair. When Key authentic original documents were presented to Blanton, he accused Patton of forging these documents to support, "his phony degree". Blanton actually contacted Jan Williamson, believing this person to be as fictitious as the letter. To Blanton's horror, Jan Williamson verified the letter was authentic as well as the accreditation of the school where Patton earned his Ph. D. Rather than withdraw the charge as false and unsubstantiated, John Blanton, continues to this day with his slanderous accusations. Again, Blanton lives by the rule, "If you say something false enough times, people will begin to believe it." Or "throw enough mud and people will look dirty."
In the end, it was an unfair debate because Blanton admitted he had no formal scientific training in Geology or the fossil record, while Patton is a University trained Geologist who has earned a living working around the world as a consulting Geologist.
Patton quotes used in lectures
MORE - http://www.bible.ca/tracks/fossil-record.htm
Quotes by Evolutionary Scientists Against Evolution - http://www.warneveryone.com/evolution_scientists_quotes.htm